Shaped by the elements over the course of millenia, the Scarborough Bluffs rise from the shores of Lake Ontario in East Toronto. The sheer face of the escarpment is a defining feature of the waterfront, rising to a height of 90 meters (300 feet) above the shore. Several parks span the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) stretch of the Scarborough Bluffs as it traces the edge of the lake. While most of these are found perched atop its peaks, a few grant access to the narrow beach that lies at its base. The view from the top is notoriously astounding in beauty, although few can deny the striking quality of a more low-lying perspective with the barren rock face rising high above the tranquil water.
The High Park is an ancient beautiful natural preserve that offers a pond, wooded areas, trails, open picnic areas and numerous recreational facilities for the entire family. Baseball, swimming, skating, and tennis are just some of the activities that families or groups of friends can indulge in and bond over. You can also watch a play at the outdoor theatre during the annual Dream in High Park, tour the greenhouse, or visit the park's zoo. Each of the attractions has its own specific phone number and opening hours.
With thousands of animals in seven tropical pavilions spread over 220 hectares (544 acres), an African Savannah exhibit and a commitment to preserve world's wilderness and wildlife, it’s no wonder this zoo is rated among the best in the world. While committed to research and conservation, the Toronto Zoo promises to provide its visitors with a memorable experience along with educating them about wildlife and nature. With that in mind, it offers everything from rare and colorful fish to pygmy hippos. The last admission occurs one hour before closing. Prices vary according to season.
A recreational wonderland that sits a mere 10-minute ferry ride away from Toronto Harbor, the Toronto Islands constitute a set of 15 small isles in the midst of Lake Ontario. The islands are connected to one another by pathways and bridges that can be traversed on foot. Sprawled across 820 acres (330 hectares) of the lake's expanse, the Toronto Islands are home to the Snake Island, the South Chippewa Island, Mugg's Island, and Forestry Island, with the Centre Island emerging as the biggest of the group. Away from the city's furious bustle, the islands offer a serene retreat with their car-free stretches, and are home to a plethora of landmarks including the Centreville Amusement Park, the clothing-optional Hanlan's Beach, a Frisbee golf course, and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Riverdale Park East is a great place to escape to, if you wish for some fresh air to breathe without leaving the city. This park area makes for a great day out with friends or family as there are a gamut of activities for everyone to pick from. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of baseball or football, while kids can run around at the playground. The ice rink is ideal for skating as well as ice hockey, while a swim in the outdoor pool is quite refreshing. All this activity is bound to leave you hungry; lay down for a meal in their picnic spot, and take a small hike along one of their many trails.
Toronto Parks run the Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This park area consists of a greenhouse, a playground and two fenced areas for unleashed dogs. The sections in the greenhouse are the Tropical House that has a waterwheel, rain tropical plants and exotic flowering plants. The Cool House has a waterfall, pond and citrus trees. The Palm House has bananas, bamboo, Screw Pine and the Cactus House. The garden is open all year round. Shows begin on the first Sunday of December when the garden has wagon rides, carolers, stands selling apple cider and cookies and the shows go on till end December. Spring brings in the blossoming season for several plants in the Cool House during Easter. The Fall show is held in the first weekend of November. Allan Gardens is a favorite spot for events like weddings and other celebrations.
Norman Jewison is a renowned Canadian film director, actor and producer, who has used his films as a source of highlighting various social and political issues. He has won many accolades for his contribution to Canadian cinema including an Honorary Degrees from Trent, Western Ontario and the University of Toronto and the naming of a park in downtown as a tribute to him. The park has beautiful promenades where visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk under the lush green trees following the winding roads. Norman Jewison Park is one of the most well maintained parks in Toronto.
The Varsity Stadium has been around since 1898. The former home ground of the Toronto Argonauts, it plays host to major college football events in the state. Boasting a seating capacity of 5000 people, the arena has been drastically renovated a couple of times and it owes the current form to a renovation project of 2007. This is now home of the famous Team Varsity Blues.
Built in 1931 and formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens, the Mattamy Athletic Center is known as the Cathedral of Hockey. One of the largest arenas of its time, the centre has seen the likes of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and even Winston Churchill thronging its doors. Presently, the multi-purpose sports facility is home to the volleyball, basketball and and hockey teams of Ryerson Rams. The site also houses an ice rink, a fitness club and a number of studios.